italy galleries: overview


- architecture
- art & technology

- introduction to rome
- rome: fountains
- rome: mosaics!
- rome: hadrian's palace
- rome: villa d'este in tivoli
- rome: last leaf

- introduction to venice
- venice: marcus square
- venice: basilica s.m.
- venice: canal grande
- venice: gondolas
- venice: palazzo ducale
- venetian lagoon islands

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milano - architecture

the by far most famous building in milano is the cathedral, called "duomo". it is actually one of the largest cathedrals ever built.

Milano Cathedral

the design: 1 tower, 1 cupola, 159m long, 92m wide, 108m high. the facade of this mighty building is almost overwhelming, as is the nave, the height of which, 45m, is record. so is the building time: 1386-1965.

a rather unusual feature of this building is that you can go up on the roof and walk there - the view of all the statuettes, as well as of the city, is stunning.

Milano Duomo Roof

Milano Duomo Inside

Milano Duomo outside statue

Milano Duomo outside view Milano Duomo outside statues

by the way, i've re-visited this building very recently, in december 2018 - and that even increased my admiration of this architecture..

the other famous, and even more special, building is "la scala", an opera and ballett theatre. it opened in 1778, its capacity is 2000 people. it's widely rated as the "number one" facitity.

La Scala inside

La Scala inside view

La Scala inside grey

a more recent example for pretentious architecture is the "galleria vittorio emanuele", which was completed in 1877. the inner area, covered with a very big roof of cast iron and glass, accommodates upper-level shops and restaurants, and is very impressive.

Milano galleria Vittorio Emanuel

Milano galleria Vittorio Emanuel

of course there are many more fascinating churches, beside the duomo, in milano. here are six special ones, mostly rather 'old' style, all worth a visit.

Milano church

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Milano church

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